Immigration officials suspend jail list report amid pushback
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 6:42
However, after three weeks of publication, a DHS spokesman acknowledged several problems with the reports that had to be reviewed.
ICE began publishing the report following a Trump administration order aimed at getting local governments to collaborate with federal deportation agents.
ICE spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez said the agency is continuing to analyze its reporting methodologies so that its information is accurate.
So he complained to federal immigration officials.
"It doesn't appear [the Department of Homeland Security] has come to terms with the federal district court rulings in OR, in Pennsylvania and IL that honoring detainers is unconstitutional - and that continues to be baffling to me", said Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett, whose department was named in the first ICE report. For instance, one report incorrectly claimed that Franklin County in Iowa, Franklin County in New York, Franklin County in Pennsylvania and Montgomery County in Iowa had ignored immigration detainers they had never received.
"When criminal aliens are released from local or state custody, they have the opportunity to reoffend", Rodriguez added. Detainers that appeared to be declined by Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Richmond County, North Carolina, were actually incorrectly issued to those locations since the people they were seeking were in different locations.
When asked about the pushback, Lapan did not say that the move was a result of the response from cities and advocates, but did say a "dialogue" had been opened, as was partially the hope of the report.
"There is no time frame associated with that (suspension), because it's based on a desire to make sure that we have quality data that the information that we're publishing is as accurate as we can be, and so (it will take) as long as it takes to get to that level of comfort that the secretary believes what we have is as good as it can be", Lapan said.
The Trump administration has listed scores of jurisdictions - including in Virginia, Maryland, California and Texas - that have allegedly not cooperated with federal authorities.
Sposato said that showed his department has adopted the right policy to document reasons for detention. What the feds are attempting to accomplish here is to have cities and jails turn over illegal immigrants on a simple immigration hold "detainer" orders.
Immigrant advocates in the region have called for only the judicial warrants to be honored.
Also, some state and local laws have prohibitions on when immigrants can be transferred to the agents for deportation.
Hmm, sounds like DHS didn't really have it all together when it made a decision to go insane and publish this report in the first place, which is a trait that has become all too typical of the current administration: Act hastily now, then try to spin and fix it later.
In 2013, a federal judge in OR ruled ICE detainers weren't the same as going before a judge to get a warrant, meaning they weren't a legally sufficient way to hold a person in jail.